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ViewFinder: Hidden Villa Reopens to the Public

Now that summer is over, Hidden Villa offers new opportunities and activities.

Just like the changing seasons, sheds its summer coat and prepares for the school year. 

New season means different programs and activities. Farm tours and wilderness exploration will be offered to youth. Teens can also learn about leadership and participate in service learning projects. 

The new website will also be up and running starting on Thursday, Sept. 1, which will have more information about upcoming events. There is a parking fee of $5 which helps support Hidden Villa's operations. Nicolette Heaphy, the garden coordinator, says people mistakenly think Hidden Villa is government-funded but they rely on donations. Some people mistakenly think that Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who originally purchased the land and used it as a gathering place for many environmental and social justice programs, left money for its operation.

Hidden Villa is hosting a volunteer orientation on Sept. 10. No sign-up is necessary but is recommended. Interested volunteers can get more information from Erin Shank at (650)-949-8643.

Frank Duveneck once said, "The laughing of the children is the music of Hidden Villa," which is why to this day Hidden Villa still hosts programs for youth.

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